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  McMaster: Carolina Panthers hope to relocate facilities, 150+ employees to South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that a meeting with leadership from the state’s general assembly and the Carolina Panthers are looking to moving their football operations to South Carolina.

  Proposed SC bill would allow for Sunday liquor sales

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley returns to Carolinas to honor National Guard

  VP Pence to tour opportunity zones with Sen. Tim Scott in Columbia Thursday

Secretary DeVos visits Pee Dee with Rep. Rice

  SC State Rep. Bales collapses on House floor for the second time in a year

  Changes proposed for SC education bill after 5 hours of testimony

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SC legislature considers ‘free-range parenting’ bill, would change state’s child neglect laws

  Gov. McMaster announces proposed statewide veterans affairs cabinet agency

  Bill aims to curb coyote population in South Carolina

  Proposed bill at SC Statehouse could make fake service animals a crime

  Former Gov. Nikki Haley coming back to nonprofit she founded in 2011

  Richland Co. elections director resigns after losing board’s confidence, report says

Advocates cite ‘sense of urgency’ as work on SC energy bill continues

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investments are on the line according to solar companies in South Carolina.

  State lawmakers, SC Governor, explore potential sale of Santee Cooper

According to a report from a consulting firm, there are more than a dozen bidders for the state-owned power utility, Santee Cooper.

Push for pro-life legislation renewed in SC State House

Dozens of pro-life supporters visited the State House Wednesday for Personhood Day.

Bill in the State House makes second attempt to bring the electric chair back to South Carolina

A similar bill also passed the State Senate in 2018 but did not pass the State House.

  Senators renew push to close ‘Charleston Loophole’

  Proposed ‘DUI-E’ bill makes next steps in SC Statehouse

New SC law would target pit bull overpopulation with registration, possible fine

  Columbia councilman: ‘I support 1,000 percent requesting’ SLED, FBI investigation on ‘negligence’ at Allen Benedict apartments

  Sen. Kamala Harris makes a stop in SC after announcing run for president

  Bill aims to prevent drivers from handling cell phones, watching videos while behind the wheel

  Political No Show: SC Reps skip out on meeting regarding $1,000 rebate

If you ask the SCE&G customers, they say it comes down to typical crooked politician behavior. If you ask the politicians, they say, it’s all just a misunderstanding.

  Gov. Henry McMaster focuses on education in first State of the State address as elected governor

McMaster’s office confirmed the governor’s State of the State address to the General Assembly will be delivered at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23.

  HHS: SC’s faith-based foster care, adoption providers are ok, ACLU calls practice discrimination

Gov. McMaster joined the fight against this policy when a Greenville faith-based center, Miracle Hill Ministries, whose requirement for Christians-only became a contested issue.

Text of South Carolina governor’s State of the State address

Following is the text of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's second State of the State address

  WATCH: SC AG Wilson to speak as part of a coalition opposing legalized marijuana

Attorney General Alan Wilson will speak as part of a news conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. to voice opposition to legalized marijuana.

  Confederate flag that once flew over SC Statehouse now on display in state’s Confederate Relic Room

The flag is now on exhibit at the South Carolina Relic Room and Military Museum.

  Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses a student audience at Benedict College Tuesday

Sanders (I-VT) spoke to students at an event called “A conversation with students.”

Proposed bill would increase cigarette taxes to raise SC teachers' pay

The proposed bill suggest cigarette tax should be increase by five cents on each cigarette that will help increase pay raises for South Carolina teachers.

  Hundreds attend SC NAACP 2019 MLK Day at the Dome event in Columbia

The theme of the event is “Education First: Illuminating the Path to Change.”

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announces a cabinet appointment in Columbia

Governor Henry McMaster introduced two distinguished members of the military with strong ties to the Palmetto State as members of his cabinet on Thursday.

Rep. Cunningham asks for his paycheck to be withheld during shutdown

Wednesday marked day 26 of the shutdown.

ICYMI: ACLU South Carolina Legislative town hall at the Statehouse

Coming up Wednesday, Jan. 16, legislative leaders from around the state will join WIS for a town hall.

  SC lawmakers introduce medical marijuana bill to the Statehouse Tuesday

Lawmakers will meet to discuss medical marijuana in the Palmetto State on Tuesday.

  Gov. McMaster says extra $1B in 2019 budget will go to state education, South Carolina’s prosperity

Governor Henry McMaster will release his executive budget for the 2019 -2020 at 10:45 a.m. at the Statehouse.

  Majority Whip James Clyburn says Americans are ‘hostages’ over president’s demands for border wall

U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) issued a strong statement against President Donald Trump’s border wall in a statement over the weekend.

  WATCH LIVE: Gov. McMaster to be sworn-in at 97th inaugural celebration open to the public

The 97th Inaugural Celebration will start with a prayer service and there are events scheduled throughout the day as the governor is sworn into office.

  Electric scooters may not be coming to Columbia

Electric scooters may no longer be coming to Columbia for at least another year.

  SC AG Wilson joins lawsuit against Trump administration to block offshore drilling

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a motion in federal court on Monday to join a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block planned seismic testing and offshore drilling along the South Carolina coast.

  SC lawmakers propose 7 percent gun fee for added security in schools

With the General Assembly back in session beginning Jan. 8, we’re taking a look at some of the proposed legislation up for debate.

  Sumter teen selected for prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program

A Sumter teen will rub elbows with some of the world's most powerful leaders next spring in Washington D.C., after being selected as a student delegate to represent South Carolina in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

  Congaree National Park remains open during partial government shutdown without a few amenities

The park will remain “as accessible as possible” and visitors will still have to follow all applicable laws and procedures.

Graham: Withdrawing from Syria would be ‘Obama-like mistake’

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said a U.S. withdrawal from Syria would "lead to devastating consequences for our nation, the region, and throughout the world."

  Clyburn elected as Majority Whip for U.S. House Democrats

Rep. Jim Clyburn has been elected as House Majority Whip by the U.S. House Democratic Caucus.

SC Gov. wins court fight in Santee Cooper leader dispute

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Henry McMaster has the authority to temporarily appoint a new chairman of the board of a state-owned utility without the Legislature's permission

  Committee set to decide fate of the official SC state flag

A five-person committee met on Tuesday at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History to discuss a proposal to pick one design for all flag makers to follow.

  SC residents line up for water donations despite water being deemed safe by city, state officials

Several Denmark, SC residents stood in a long line Friday morning, and it was not for Black Friday deals.

  Former SC solicitor Dan Johnson indicted on 36 additional federal charges

Former Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson has been indicted on 36 additional federal charges, U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced Wednesday.

  Cunningham: Politics should be about ‘working together to do what’s right’

Congressman-Elect Joe Cunningham said his campaign resonated with voters in the Lowcountry and beyond during his victory speech Wednesday night in Charleston.

Katie Arrington calls out Mark Sanford in speech about Joe Cunningham election win

Before polls closed across South Carolina, Republican Congressional candidate Katie Arrington was labeling her campaign’s watch party a “victory party.”

  Sen. Lindsey Graham makes statement on Sessions resignation despite rumors he may be picked

Despite talk that he may be the next U.S. Attorney General, Senator Lindsey Graham released a statement through his office, saying the outgoing AG, Jeff Sessions, "served our nation honorably."

  TALK OF THE TOWN: It’s the day after the elections - now what?

Winners, losers, some surprises and record absentee voting. Mike Campbell is the son of former Governor Carroll Campbell and has analysis of Election Day results.

  Midlands counties show higher voter turnout than previous elections

Some counties in the Midlands show a notably higher voter turnout compared to previous elections.

  Should the Governor be able to appoint the state superintendent?

Voters were asked if they believed the governor should be able to decide who should be appointed to the Superintendent of Education for the state.

McMaster, Norman big winners in South Carolina 2018 midterm election

According to the Associated Press, Republican Henry McMaster won the race for governor in South Carolina and Republican Ralph Norman won the race for U.S. House in South Carolina’s 5th congressional district.

  Wilson wins U.S. House District 2 race

The results for District 2 of the U.S. House of Representatives are in.

  Clyburn re-elected to US House 6 seat Tuesday

Rep. Jim Clyburn has retained his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating two opponents Tuesday.

  Gipson defeats Meadors for 5th Circuit Solicitor

Byron Gipson has defeated John Meadows in the race for 5th Circuit Solicitor Tuesday evening.

  Henry McMaster winner in SC governor’s race over James Smith

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  Harpootlian in early lead over Dunn in race for SC State House Seat 20

Attorney Dick Harpootlian is currently in the lead for the race for State House 20 seat over Republican Benjamin Dunn.

LOOK: Here’s where you can see election results, special election coverage

Polls will close in South Carolina at 7 p.m. - and you will be able to see the results as they begin to get counted.

Man not allowed to wear Trump shirt votes shirtless

Be careful what you’re wearing to vote Tuesday.

On Election Day, a bald eagle was seen soaring in Murrells Inlet

As many across the country head to the polls Tuesday, a symbol of American democracy was seen soaring in the Murrells Inlet area.

  2018 SC Voters election guide: Ballot questions, polling places, and more on the Nov. 6 general elections

There will be general elections held in South Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 6. If you’re like most people, you’re asking yourself this: who’s running? Where do I vote? What will be on the ballots? Here’s a running list of everything you need to know before heading to the polls.

  ‘This is the busiest we’ve ever been,’ midterm voting continues to surge in two Midlands counties

In Richland Country, many showed up to vote with lines stretching right outside the doors of the elections and voter registration office.

  League of Women’s Voters aims to help you stay informed with interactive website

If you need help navigating your ballot, the League of Women Voters has an interactive website that gives you a detailed look at what to expect.

  SC election officials are working to make sure your vote is safe

Elections officials are working to prevent election tampering in South Carolina. Officials say the issue isn’t new, but some of the threats and vulnerabilities have changed especially since the 2016 elections.

  Sen. Tim Scott talks political civility, upcoming veterans event

As the election approaches, we spoke with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott on Wednesday, speaking on a few topics including civility and how we can elevate political debate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship

Graham made the announcement Tuesday morning.

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.

  Wilson, Carrigan, participate in debate for 2nd congressional seat

One week away from the midterm elections on Nov. 6, and on Tuesday, candidates for the 2nd congressional district gathered for a debate.

  AG Wilson faces Lowcountry law professor Constance Anastopoulo in attorney general race

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson will face Constance Anastopoulo, a law professor from the Lowcountry, as seeks his third term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.

  SC’s Governor candidates stance on key issues ahead of Nov. 6 vote

WMBF breaks down where Gov. Henry McMaster and Rep. James Smith stand when it comes to economy, education and healthcare.

  New moped laws to go into effect in November

If you own a moped, listen up!

  Several Midlands school districts seeking approval on multimillion-dollar bond referendums

The Richland School District Two is asking voters to approve two separate bond referendum questions. The first asks voters to approve $381,952,000 for safety and security improvements across the district as well as new roofs and HVAC systems.

  Smith, McMaster spar in final gubernatorial debate

The final debate between James Smith and Governor Henry McMaster features some fireworks.

  Boan vs Bell in the race for Kershaw County sheriff

Kershaw County voters will choose a new sheriff in the upcoming general election. Democrat Anthony Bell will go up against Republican Lee Boan November 6.

  Sen. Bernie Sanders urges South Carolina to fight for Medicare for all at Saturday rally

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will join Senatory Nina Turner and other South Carolina democrats at a Medicare for All Rally at the Koger Center in Columbia at noon Saturday.

  Democrats have 2020 vision with stops in SC as President Trump continues GOP push

Is it too early to think about November 2020? Some Democrats don't think so.